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Dylan as a girls name?

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lchodge Wed 03-Aug-11 17:32:55

Just as the subject says....thoughts?

tallulah Wed 03-Aug-11 17:34:58

No.

MirandaGoshawk Wed 03-Aug-11 17:36:23

No. Sorry.

Iamkenny Wed 03-Aug-11 17:48:04

No, sorry a bridge to far.

Dylana - is the female version if your interested (I had an old welsh teacher called that) - but it is obscure.

Just please pronouce anything Dylan related Dul- not Dil- - sorry....

chicaguapa Wed 03-Aug-11 17:50:43

I like it as a girl's name. grin

MirandaGoshawk Wed 03-Aug-11 17:51:08

You pronounce Dylan as Dullen? shock as in Dull 'en? Why?

lchodge Wed 03-Aug-11 18:05:09

Id pronounce it 'Dil'. Definitely not 'Dul'.

stardustn Wed 03-Aug-11 18:06:31

I do generally like 'boy' names for girls but I'm not sure about Dylan...I wasn't aware it was a unisex name so I would have assumed it was a boy if i saw it written down.

Why would it be pronounced Dull-en? I would say Dill-un without even considering it could be a u sound...

KeepingUpWithTheCojones Wed 03-Aug-11 18:10:59

I love it. But i'm habouring a secret desire to call my as-yet-unconceived-DD Bryn so might not be the best judge grin

Iamkenny Wed 03-Aug-11 18:16:26

Dylan is a welsh name, welsh pronounciation makes it Dul-en.
That why, I'm welsh so. It irritates me if people give DC names from other languages and then anglicise them (as people not in wales do mine - it irratates me no end).

Because I'm really cool I just txt one of my friends (welsh speaker) and asked, she said. that pronouncing it Dil-on gives it a female pronounciation when Dylan is a definate male name. But she did remember something about an old welsh name Dulan which is Dil-an so that would be female technically.

lchodge Wed 03-Aug-11 18:27:09

I know its a welsh name but i'd still pronounce it as in 'Bob Dylan'. Pronouncing it as 'Dul' makes it a completely different name.

Iamkenny Wed 03-Aug-11 18:35:26

Sorry but as a first name, it is pronounced Dul-en.

If you aren't welsh then you may get away with it, but it is still wrong and pronoucing it Dul-en makes it the correct name not different, Dil-an is wrong.

If you were naming a girl I don't know Niamh you don't pronounce it Ni - am -h you pronounce it correctly because that is how it is pronouced in the language it comes from. Saying it differently is wrong.

(sorry that probably sounds horrible - but as i said it comes from first hand experience)

lchodge Wed 03-Aug-11 18:59:58

Not if the child is actually named after Bob Dylan then pronouncing it 'Dul' would be wrong. I know I'd get away with it and I think you'd struggle to find anyone outside of Wales with a child named Dylan who pronounces it 'Dul' or it'd never of made the top 500 nevermind top 20!

rachel234 Wed 03-Aug-11 18:59:59

I was also surprised to meet a Welsh Dylan whose name is pronounced Dull-en. I think Niamh is a little more common in England.

exoticfruits Wed 03-Aug-11 19:04:42

There seem to be a whole spate of boys names as girls names or unisex names-I don't like any of them. Dylan is always Dylan Thomas to me or Bob Dylan.

CountBapula Wed 03-Aug-11 19:26:19

Dylan Thomas pronounced it 'Dil-un'. (DH and I am from Wales BTW. And DS is called Dylan.)

CalmInsomniac Wed 03-Aug-11 19:29:48

I'm thinking charlie's angels: www.imdb.com/character/ch0004459/ so it could work.
My nephew is called Dylan, definitely pronounced dillon.

Ariesgirl Wed 03-Aug-11 19:30:51

No, absolutely not. Poor little soul grin

ShowOfHands Wed 03-Aug-11 19:37:33

You can't compare to Niamh as it's not commonly pronounced as Ni am. It's Neeve and the majority know this. Just like the majority pronounce Dylan, Dil-un. I know why it grates. I adore the name Sacha which is a boys' name but people will use it for girls. I've accepted though technically wrong, usage is the deciding factor when naming children and I just keep my tut silent when I meet a female Sacha.

Anyway, I quite like Dylan for a girl. smile

MirandaGoshawk Wed 03-Aug-11 19:42:50

I think of Dylan from the Magic Roundabout. blush He wasn't ever 'Dullen'.

There are so may beautiful names out there. Why saddle a little girl with a name that's not pretty and will always cause problems because people will assume she's a boy?

InstantAtom Wed 03-Aug-11 19:44:09

I only like Dylan as a boy's name.

How about Dylana? Or Adele, which has the d-l sound?

MirandaGoshawk Wed 03-Aug-11 19:45:06

Soh - isn't Sacha the boy & Sasha the girl's name?

But I love the name Sacha so much, I'd give it to either.

Geordieminx Wed 03-Aug-11 19:45:44

I like it. I know a Dylan and a Frankie (both girls)

ShowOfHands Wed 03-Aug-11 20:35:44

Miranda, they're both boys' names. Just different derivations. Sacha is French for example. Sasha comes from various areas in Europe. Sascha is German (though in Germany you are ONLY allowed to use it for boys). But like I say it's used for boys and girls now.

rachel234 Wed 03-Aug-11 22:02:07

I too see Sasha as a boys name, normally a short form of Alexander. Yes, Sacha is the French version, Sascha the German.

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